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Moodle Tackles LMS Security Vulnerabilities

Moodle's developers have released an update to the popular open source learning management system. The latest Moodle 2.0.2 and 1.9.11 releases address several major security vulnerabilities and also include some bug fixes and performance enhancements.

Moodle 2.0.2 tackles seven security flaws from the 2.0.1 release that developers characterized as "major," including cross-site scripting vulnerabilities, a cross-site request forgery issue, and potential issues involving disclosure of information. The 1.9 branch update only addresses three vulnerabilities--two related to cross-site scripting and one related to potential information disclosure.

In addition to security fixes, Moodle 2.0.2 includes dozens of other fixes and improvements, including performance enhancements and fixes to various minor issues with wikis, SCORM, saving, course backup, and assessments.

Outside of security issues, version 1.9.11 included only five bug fixes. Those were in areas of Google Chrome support for Moodle's HTML editor, time in reports and logs exported to Excel, and a few other minor problems.

Moodle 2.0.2 and Moodle 1.9.11 are both available now as free downloads from the Moodle site. Further details on the 2.0.2 update can be found here. Details on the 1.9.11 update can be found here. Direct downloads are available here.

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